The Current

The Current for February 4, 2019

Today on The Current: We ask if the opposing sides of the political crisis in Venezuela can find common ground; plus, we hear from experts concerned that making peace with the Taliban could undermine women’s rights in Afghanistan; and we meet the Lamaleran people, hunter-gatherers on a remote Indonesian island who fear they are losing their way of life.
Anna Maria Tremonti hosts The Current's 17th season. (CBC)

Today on The Current

  • International support for Venezuela's self-declared interim president Juan Guaido is growing, but supporters of embattled president Nicolas Maduro insist he is the country's rightful leader. We speak to supporters of both men, and ask whether common ground can be found.
  • U.S. negotiators have been meeting with the Taliban and have drafted a framework for a peace deal to end the long-running conflict there. But no Afghans are a part of the negations, and women's rights were not one of the key negotiating points in those talks. That's concerning for women inside Afghanistan, who have lived under Taliban rule in the past.
  • Living as hunter-gatherers on a remote Indonesian island, the Lamaleran people are among the last subsistence whalers in the world. But as the modern world creeps closer, many worry their traditions and very identity is under threat. Writer Doug Bock Clark spent time living with the Lamaleran people; he talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about what he learned about a vanishing way of life.

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